Saturday 04/16/2011, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Understanding Japanese Knitting Patterns with Gayle Roehm
The creative and often unusual work of Japanese designers can open up another world of knitting for you. Even without a word of Japanese, an experienced knitter can work from a Japanese pattern, once familiar with the graphic format in which they’re presented. In the morning, we’ll learn how to “read” a schematic, and how to find basic information such as size, gauge, shaping, yarn requirements and needles. In the afternoon, we’ll focus on the stitch symbology used in pattern charts, which are standard among all Japanese publishers. We’ll also swatch a few stitch patterns of varying levels of difficulty. Bring any Japanese patterns that you may have questions about.
Note: You must be very comfortable knitting from charts.
Smooth, non-textured yarn (leftovers are fine) and appropriate sized needles for swatching. Suggested: sport to worsted weight yarn and your preferred needles sized 5 to 8. A second color is optional.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.